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Old 05-04-2010, 09:18 AM   #1
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Question Reading HTML ebooks from Calibre

Hi everyone

I've only just started using Calibre, so this is definitely a n00b question. Sorry, but I couldn't find the answer in the FAQ, Manual or this forum.

How do I read an HTML ebook from Calibre?

When I import a single HTML file into Calibre, it creates a zip file. Often that HTML file has others with it in a directory, so they are probably zipped with it. This is fine for storage, but I can't work out how to read it. Anytime I click on the number next to it, or on View, Calibre just creates another zip file.

I can convert the HTML files into EPUB, so that's good, but it would also be useful to be able to read the HTML directly. Can that be done?

Thanks for your help.

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You don't need calibre to read an HTML book. Use whatever browser you fancy, IE, Firefox, Safari, Opera by choosing File, Open File.

Calibre is made primarily for organizing and converting between different formats. It has a viewer so you can see how your conversion is doing, rather than for reading.

I don't have an iphone, so I don't know what program is used for that if you are wanting to view the book on your iphone.

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How do I read an HTML ebook from Calibre?
select book, hit "V" for View.

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When I import a single HTML file into Calibre, it creates a zip file.
Yes. html often has multiple files, so calibre puts them all inside a single file, for storage. It unpacks them, as needed, for viewing.

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Anytime I click on the number next to it, or on View, calibre just creates another zip file.
I'm not sure what "clicking on the number next to it" means, but check the Preferences|Interface option. You can use calibre's internal viewer, or your own browser. If you have the internal viewer turned off, then calibre will hand the file off to Windows, and whatever you have set there will handle it.

It sounds like you may have the internal viewer off.

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it would also be useful to be able to read the HTML directly. Can that be done?
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Old 05-04-2010, 11:44 AM   #4
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Go to preferences->interface and select to use the calibre viewer for te ZIP format.
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